I am really not fond of Bluetooth headset simply because I travel a lot on mobike and I am sure any body who has the experience in a windy conditions these are absolutely bad investment. But these headsets are sometimes of great help at certain situations and ultimately I realized I really need one. Motorola H17, was my decision because it was reasonably cheap and really very tiny. What impressed me most was the comfort and the weight. Enough light so that you don't feel something sitting up there.
If I remember correctly Motorola's Bluetooth headset success story started with H12. They followed it up with H15 (some friends said its performance was pathetic). I was a bit cockeyed about the Motorola H17, it looks so trendy and attractive. The noise canceling part of this particular headset is upto the mark to say the list, because I loved the performance of Moto's CrystalTalk noise canceling technology. Motorola H17 has another very useful plus which gives you a voice prompt so that you know if the call is in muted mode or it requires charging. Yah they do help, nice highs I must say.
When I first saw it I was wondering how could a Bluetooth headset be so small. It was easy to discover the trick, when not in use it can be folded with a flip switch which gives you the option of a flip switch boom mic. The oval shaped buildup looks cozy and slim (the zero size models are the trends the day). Just 1.65 inches long adds just half an in inch when the boom mic is flipped out and 0.67 inch in width rounding up with a thickness of 0.39 inches. Even when you wear it on the ear the multifunction call button is an easy access. The volume rocker is nicely placed on the right side of the spine with LED indicator right on the middle and charger port on the top. I thought the designing is very intelligent and elegant keeping in mind Bluetooth headset users, most of whom are in a bit of hurry and groping for controls is really bothering.
Another lovely feature of Motorola H17 is that you don't lose your pair if you flip off, it automatically reconnects the last paired phone the moment you flip open the boom mic, Motorola calls it their RapidConect technology.
It is an excellent on the part of Motorola R&D stuff to provide H17 with three supplies of ear hooks complete with rubber padding snugly fitting around the ear piece. It sits remarkably comfortably on the ear. Add to them two optional in-ear style stuff (sort of cushions) provided with loops that fit in to the ear doing away with the ear hook for wearing. I am sure most will opt for the ear hook style which no doubt feels a bit more on the comfortable and secure side but for some one like me cushions are best, saves time.
No point in elaborating they are all there like
* Answering, receiving and endig calls
* Last number redial
* Voice dial support (depending on the availability)
* Call transfer both ways (headset to phone and the other way round)
* Quick-charge feature that only takes 15 minutes to charge it up for 2.5 hours of talk time
SOME IMPORTANT TECHNICALITIES:
Product Type: Headset - Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Weight: 0.3 oz
Recommended Use: Cellular phone
Compatible Mobile Devices: Universal
Additional Features: TrueComfort, EasyPair technology, Multipoint technology, Auto volume adjustment, CrystalTalk technology , Rapid Connect technology
Headphones Type: Headphone - Monaural
Headphones Form Factor: Ear-bud
Connectivity Technology: Wireless - Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Bluetooth Profiles: Headset Profile (HSP), Hands Free Profile (HFP)
Sound Output Mode: Mono
Remote Control: None
Support connectivity to two different phones at the same time. When both the phones are called, by default Phone 1 is the first connected phone. The head sets prompts you whether the calls are coming on Phone 1 or 2. The default is connected first. In case of calls coming on both the phones you can take the one on priority basis and put the other on hold.
The moment Motorola H17 is powered on it rocks into the pairing mode. The distance achieved is a very good 27 and half feet. The audio or call quality has been reasonably good and exceptional when things are quiet but nothing to complain when you walk on the noisy road. No body has complained about the quality they receive there hardly any complain of distortion or echoes. But wind is a problem though, the call quality is hampered but don't worry with Motorola while walking or jogging, but you need to worry if you are on mobike.
The rated talk time is around 5 hours but is good enough upto 3 and a half hours and excellent standby time of seven days.
DID NOT LIKE:
The wrapping or packaging is smuggy.
To my mind the rocker is a bit too skinny for my liking.
Price: GBP 39.70
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